Our Travel Board

Several years ago, I began a travel board as a way to document our travels over the years. So far, we have traveled to 13 states. The majority of the photos documenting the first time we had been there together. I love the idea of watching ourselves get older as we explore more of the country and add photos to the board. Our goal, of course, is to hit all 50 states, including D.C.

It is definitely one of our favorite pieces we have in our home and it gets a lot of comments from family and friends. Below is the step by step process to make your own! Trust me, it's easier than you think!

The supplies you will need:

  • A Bulletin Board
  • A Map
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Rubber Cement
  • Pencil
  • Tissue Paper
  • Glue stick
  • Cardstock paper
  • Pushpins
  • Pictures!

Ed Note: Make sure to take opportunity to measure the states before you print photos. States like Texas and California are likely to require a larger photo printed.

1) Cut out the map.


2) Paint the bulletin board. Let it dry. I chose black for a neutral background.

3) Use the rubber cement to glue the cut out map to the board.

4) Use the tissue paper to trace out the state. Cut it out.

5) Glue the picture to the cardstock paper to make it thicker. Once dry, cut out the picture.

Position the tissue paper state cutout on the photo. Tape it down. Cut around the tissue paper. This will ensure your photo is the same size as the state.

6) Position the tissue paper state cutout on the photo. Tape it down.   Cut around the tissue paper. This will ensure your photo is the same size as the state.

7) Glue push pins to the back of the state. {We also like to write down where we were exactly in the state and the date.)

8) Push the pins into the map and you're done!


I hope you take the time to try out this DIY! It's an ongoing project that inspires Steve and I to travel and explore!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, than you will also like Not Your Typical Headboard and International Shadow Boxes.

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Boulder, Colorado: KS x CO


Last month we took a quick road trip out to Boulder, Colorado.  It was an 8 hour drive, but it was completely worth it because we had a wonderful time! The first place we went to was  Pearl Street. It was a long street in the middle of Boulder filled with local shops and boutiques. We had a wonderful time flowing in and out of stores. We followed it up with dinner at a local brewery.

The next day we woke up early to hike the Flatirons. As we got to the top, the views were amazing! But we struggled in the beginning. The altitude definitely got to us very quickly. It was amazing to see locals so casually climb up and down this mountains while Steve and I were panting and chugging water!


After the hike we took a wonderful, relaxing break. It was just nice to just be completely lazy!

But then that evening, after dinner we went the Gilmore Guys Live Show. I have made it no secret how much I love Gilmore Girls and have mentioned several times how much I love the Gilmore Guys podcasts. So I was thrilled to get to see one of their live shows!


Not only that but I got to meet them too! I was definitely semi-starstuck to meet my favorite podcasters!


It was a great trip and I am so happy we were able to make it out there. Colorado was the 5th new states we've visited this year!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, then you will also like I Left My Heart in San Francisco: KSxSF and Anchorage, Alaska: KSxAK Part 2.

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What I Packed for Alaska


We are in Alaska! Yesterday, we took our long flight from KC to Anchorage. The travel time, including the layover, was 8 hours. But I came prepared with things to do, like writing this post, so the time went quickly.

Prior to the trip, my friend we're visiting sent us a "must pack list." This list contained items that we would need specifically for our Alaskan adventures.  Because of this, we had a bit of an unusual packing list. Some key pieces are included below!


  1. Leggings on leggings on leggings. We will be going on hikes, among other outdoor activities, and leggings are perfect for all of them.
  2. Hiking boots. As you may have read in last week's Friday Finds, I recently bought hiking boots for this trip.
  3. Rain Coat. This was actually a wonderful excuse to buy a rain coast, which I have been meaning to get for years. A necessity because we will be doing some ice hiking and boating.
  4. Hat. It may be summer, but it's still cold in Alaska.
  5. Swim suit. You may have read my statement above and thought, "If it's cold, why the swim suit?" One of the places we're going has a hot tub, so we gotta be prepared!

Then, of course, we had to pack the typical clothing items and usual travel accessories. The weather is expected to be mostly in the 50s and 60s. So I packed jeans, leather leggings, sweaters, tees, and booties. The cooler weather is definitely welcomed after the 100+ heat wave in Kansas City!

If you're interested in seeing photos from Alaska in real time, check out my Instagram page.

As always, thanks for reading, Helen